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Xanadu, (Estate) Chardonnay 2019 (1x75cl)

Country: Australia
Region: Western Australia
Grape Variety: Chardonnay
Vegan: No
Bottle Size: 75cl
ABV: 13.0%
Availability:4 in stock for same working day dispatch when ordered by 12pm (Mon to Thu only)
No further stock available
Product Code: AUWS0013B19S
£21.55
Your price: £19.40

The 2017 vintage was awarded 96 points and Outstanding status by Decanter in their January 2020 edition article, The Most Exciting Wines of 2019 (see blue link below).

Xanadu (Estate) Chardonnay 2017 - January 2020 Decanter review

NB: previously called the Xanadu Estate Chardonnay, recently renamed by the producer!

Awarded 94 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their April 2019 edition article: Decanter buyer's guide: Australian Chardonnay (see blue link below).

Xanadu Chardonnay 2017 - April 2019 Decanter review

See the link below for the full set of awards the Xanadu Estate Chardonnay 2017 has (so far) received (it has only just reached the UK!).

Xanadu (Estate) Chardonnay 2017 - awards

Xanadu was established by Dr John Lagan, an Irishman, who arrived in Margaret River in 1968 and was inspired by the pioneering spirit of the region. At the time, the potential of Margaret River as one of the world’s finest wine-producing regions was only just being considered. So less than a decade on, Dr Lagan with his wife Eithne established one of the region’s earlier vineyards, planting his first vines in 1977. Lovers of literature will remember Xanadu as Samuel Coleridge’s mysterious, idyllic, exotic city; home of Kubla Khan. Dr Lagan, himself a great literature enthusiast, drew parallels between Coleridge’s visions of utopia and his newly adopted home, and thus the name Xanadu was born.

The growing season began with a late budburst after a relatively cold winter with reasonable rainfall. The cool spring which followed resulted in some uneven flowering and fruit set, and generally lower than average yields. We experienced a significant (and unusual) rain event mid-January which was timely due to the later season, and this was followed by some fine, mild weather to get vintage underway. There was a complete lack of Marri blossom leading up to and during harvest which meant that bird pressure was extreme! Bird-netting was absolutely vital. The cooler ripening conditions did result in amazing flavour intensity and acid retention in whites (Chardonnay in particular). There was a minor rain event coupled with high humidity mid-March which presented some challenges requiring careful fruit selection; however, this gave way to some beautiful weather right through until late April. The 2019 Xanadu Chardonnay is predominantly Estate grown in the Wallcliffe sub-region, with 70% of the blend being made with fruit sourced from our Stevens Road and Boodjidup vineyards. The remaining 30% was sourced from a mature Wilyabrup vineyard.

100% Chardonnay.

For more detail, see the blue link below for the excellent fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers themselves.

Xanadu (Estate), Chardonnay 2019 - fiche technique

The bouquet of this striking Chardonnay offers both purity and complexity; nashi pears, white peach, citrus and frangipani floral aromas with the subtle hints of oatmeal and oyster shell in the background. The elegant palate is medium bodied, displaying white fleshed stone fruits and tangy grapefruit flavours. Taut in structure, with minerally / quartz-like characters complimented by a layer of texture derived from lees stirring whilst in barrel. The vibrant fruit and crisp acid backbone combine to focus the wine perfectly to a lingering fruit finish.